Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Richard and Judy: No Book Club rows

Judy Finnigan and Richard Madeley say they were in agreement about the books

Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan have said they were on the same page when it came to making the choices for their latest Book Club.

The pair have gone through sackfuls of novels to pick out eight of their favourite reads - and they insist there were no disagreements over the final list.

"We meet in the middle and we're both very happy with the choices," Richard said.

"We read them both objectively and subjectively so there might be differences, for example, in the way a man and a woman read a book. There are gender differences obviously so we try and bear that in mind.

"A book might not have the strength of appeal to me that it might have to Judy but I can see it's a damn good book and give it a tick."

Of the eight novels chosen for the Spring Book Club with WHSmith, four come from debut novelists.

Judy said the club, which launched in Autumn 2010, can have a huge impact on the authors chosen.

"There are just so many books - you've only got to walk into any shop and there are thousands of them and you don't know where to look," she added.

"It's fantastic for the authors because otherwise their books might be overlooked."

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